Several years ago, when Reagan and I were in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) our group was responsible for an Operation Christmas Child box. After doing that, I knew I wanted to give boxes as a family. I even made it one of my 40 Before 40 Challenges and we accomplished it!
Operation Christmas Child is a part of the charitable organization Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
|Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse|
So, the first thing you do is get a shoe box. You can use one of your own, or purchase a plastic one with a lid. They are only $1 at Walmart. Then you fill it with items for either a boy or a girl in the age groups or 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years old. Some items you could put in the shoe box would be small toys like cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, and dolls. School supplies like pencils, paper, calculators, colors, and markers. Personal items like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, washcloth, and comb. You can also include hard candies, gum, t-shirts, socks, jewelry, and hair clips.
|Girl age 5-9 box|
|Boys age 5-9 box|
The shoe box drop-off for this year has ended, but you can still donate money to help pay for the shipping costs to send all these boxes across the world. My mom will be traveling to Minneapolis to one of the warehouses where all the shoes boxes will be packed into larger boxes for shipping. She said there is always a need for money for adding items to boxes and for shipping. To make your tax deductible donation, go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ ! Be a part of bringing Christmas cheer and the love of Jesus to a child today!